In memory of

John Emmett Hall

April 23, 1925 -  March 22, 2019

John Emmett Hall, M.D.

Passed away on March 22, 2018 at the age of 92. He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Frankie, by only a few weeks.
Dr. Hall was a pioneering giant in Orthopaedic Surgery, leading departments at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
A native of Wadena, Saskatchewan, John was a devoted father, grandfather, mentor and friend.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario (east gate entrance) on Wednesday, March 28 at 11 am. For more information and on line condolences please visit


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Marianne d'Eon-Jones (patient)

Entered March 26, 2018 from Toronto

To the Hall Family,
My condolences to the family of Dr. John Hall. I was a young 13 year old in Sick Kids when Dr. John gave me a gift of a Harrington Rod. Dr. John saw me again in Boston to help with a decision to have more surgery when I was 30. Dr. John Hall gave my family TLC as well as his expert medical care. He was truly a giant, but a very kind giant.
Sincerely, Marianne d'Eon-Jones.

Kathryn Wakely-Clare (Former Patient)

Entered March 26, 2018 from Markham, ON

Dr. Hall was a strength to me as a young scoliosis patient at Sick Kids Hospital. He oversaw my time in a Milwaukee Brace with care and kindness in the 60's. Now I'm in my sixties but I've never forgotten his compassion and encouragement during those difficult times.
Kathryn Wakely-Clare

Ruth Hatch (Patient)

Entered March 26, 2018 from Hamilton, ON

Hello, I was sad to see of Dr. Hall’s death notice in today’s Globe and Mail. I was a patient of Dr. Hall, in 1969. I have scoliosis and he performed a wedge ostéotomie (small rod in my back). Since then I have never had any back issues, and have lead an active, atheletic life. I remember how kind he was and his visits post-surgery. I also remember the other orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Bobechko, and Dr. Salter ... and how girls came from all over the world to have this kind of surgery at SickKids. Every so often when I explain my operation, I fondly remember Dr. Hall. I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Respectfully, Ruth Hatch

Gail Eslinger (Patient)

Entered March 26, 2018 from Toronto

I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Hall’s passing and express my condolences to the family. I was a patient of Dr. hall in the early 1960s. At the time of was one if the very few who was born without a knee cap or muscles in one leg. Dr. Hall performed many surgeries over the years, including a leg lengthening procedure. If not for his expertise, my mobility would not be what it is today.

I remember his wonderful bedside manner. He was truly a kind and gifted man.

Evan Smith (Friend)

Entered March 26, 2018 from Abbotsford B.C.

My deepest sympathy